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Sunday, November 16, 2008 ISSUE #525
 

Obama's appointees and Ford cars offer hope to America

#525 November 16, 2008

COLUMBUS: Mr. Obama jumped right to work, lining up his staff and Cabinet. So far, he's leaning on President Clinton's administration to provide most of the hired help, including Hillary. Barack checked with Bill first, "I just want to borrow her for 4 years. As Secretary of State she'll fly all over the world; most of the time she'll be out of the country ." Bill said, "Sounds good to me."

He's meeting with Senator McCain this week. Don't expect John to be quite as generous as Bill.

I think our President-elect should talk with Governor Palin; maybe appoint her to a Board overseeing Freddie and Fannie. Did you see her doing a television interview while preparing a seven-course moose supper? Anyone who can do that could weed out corruption on Wall Street and at the same time make the oil companies and Republicans in Alaska toe the line.

General Motors, Chrysler and Ford told Congress they need a $50 Billion loan. Instead of voting to give 'em money, if everybody in Congress and all their staffs and all their political supporters would buy a new car or pickup truck from 'em they wouldn't need a bailout. Not buying from 'em in the first place is what caused their predicament. You might say, "Their vehicles aren't as good as the imports, that's why we don't drive 'em." Well then, let 'em fail.

But I think at least one of those Big Three will pull through. See, all Mr. Ford has to do is put an electric motor in a Model T. He can sell 'em for $500 because they're all alike and they'll be built on an assembly line manned entirely by robots. Why, don't be surprised if in a few years, they make up half the cars on the road. It'll be good for the country, save time. If you forget where you parked your car, just take the nearest one.

AIG executives called Secretary Paulson from a luxury resort in Hawaii, asking for their weekly allowance of $10 Billion. They heard China has it's own $500 Billion stimulus deal, so they intend to get in on that one, too.

I promised to tell you about Election Day in Oklahoma. The state went Republican and some are worried Washington will ignore them. But Obama's election gives hope to the Oklahoma Indians. If an African American can be elected President, maybe a Native American will get a shot at it.

While I was in Claremore I met the famous artist, Charles Banks Wilson. He was born in 1918 and about the third grade he put down his crayons, picked up a pencil to sketch with, and never stopped drawing. If you removed all his paintings from the Oklahoma Capitol building, there would be nothing left but bare walls. He has quite a few hanging in a prominent Memorial building in Claremore, too.

Historic quotes from Will Rogers:

"A Ford car and a Democratic Convention has kept a lot of us comedians alive. (Henry Ford) is the first man to realize that every joke sold a car and every joke bought one... He has given more value for the least money. A Ford car and a marriage certificate is the two cheapest things there is. We no more than get either one than we want to trade them in for something better." Radio, June 1, 1930

"We'll hold the distinction of being the only nation in the history of the world that ever went to the poor house in an automobile." Radio, October 18, 1931


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